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Predictions 2019: The Internet Of Things

Business stakeholders and CIOs in both B2B and B2C environments are planning and deploying IoT solutions to power digital transformation initiatives to revolutionize customer relationships, enhance operations, and differentiate products. IoT deployment momentum brings challenges. Firms must identify strategies and methods to secure, manage, and support the rapidly growing number of smart, connected IoT devices and solutions. Forrester has released… Read more →

Microsoft gets new Office icons: Meh at best

Microsoft is getting new Office icons for a new generation of users and the design is supposed to highlight collaboration and real time. These icons are fluid, seamless and way over thought in a way that designers can only do. In a word, Microsoft’s Office icons are meh. In two words, New Coke. In three words, give me a break…. Read more →

Amazon’s move from Oracle: Werner Vogels does a show-and-tell

On Day 2 of the re:Invent conference, Amazon Web Services CTO Werner Vogels gave an extensive history lesson of Amazon database services. Ultimately, the in-the-weeds talk illustrated why Amazon turned off its Oracle data warehouse Nov. 1 and moved to Redshift. Nov. 1, Vogels said, was his “best day” at Amazon. In a clear jab at Oracle, Vogels wrote off… Read more →

Sky Brasil exposes data of 32 million subscribers

Image: Sky Brasil As security experts predicted since last year, ElasticSearch servers –a technology for powering search functions– are becoming the next big source of massive data leaks. The latest company to be added to the list of breach incidents caused by an exposed ElasticSearch server is Sky Brasil, one of the biggest subscription television services in Brazil. For at… Read more →

What might be next for Microsoft’s Surface line: A new book provides a look ahead (and back)

Microsoft’s Surface has gone from a skunkworks effort to a roughly $4 billion per year business over the course of the past several years. The chronology of how this happened — and what could be next for Surface — is the subject of a new book by BWW Media Executive Editor Brad Sams. Credit: Microsoft In his book Beneath a… Read more →

AriseBank CEO faces 120 years behind bars over alleged cryptocurrency scam

The chief executive of blockchain startup AriseBank is facing up to 120 years in jail for allegedly defrauding investors out of $4 million. Rather than use the funds to create a product, the former CEO, Jared Rice, used the cash to fund a luxury lifestyle, paying for hotels, food, and clothes. The funds were also allegedly used as a means… Read more →

KingMiner malware hijacks the full power of Windows Server CPUs

Cryptojacking, the hijacking of PCs and systems for the purpose of stealing CPU power in order to covertly mine for cryptocurrency, is becoming a thorn in the side of individuals and businesses alike. One in three organizations now says they’ve been targeted by cryptocurrency mining malware. A university was recently forced to shut down its entire network to stop a… Read more →

Qualcomm’s new $100m investment fund set for on-device AI projects

Qualcomm has launched a new startup fund designed to give on-device artificial intelligence (AI) projects a fighting chance. On Wednesday, the US chip maker said the Qualcomm Ventures AI Fund will invest up to $100 million in “startups transforming artificial intelligence.” “The fund will focus on startups that share the vision of on-device AI becoming more powerful and widespread, with… Read more →

Qualcomm’s new $100m investment fund set for on-device AI projects

Qualcomm has launched a new startup fund designed to give on-device artificial intelligence (AI) projects a fighting chance. On Wednesday, the US chip maker said the Qualcomm Ventures AI Fund will invest up to $100 million in “startups transforming artificial intelligence.” “The fund will focus on startups that share the vision of on-device AI becoming more powerful and widespread, with… Read more →

TCS eyes US retirement market with BridgePoint buy

India’s Tata Consultancy Services has acquired US management consulting firm BridgePoint Group in a move it says will boost its domain knowledge in financial services and insurance. Specifically, the acquisition would augment its expertise in US retirement services, the Indian IT consulting group said in a statement Thursday, adding that it had purchased BridgePoint’s “select company assets”. Under the merger… Read more →

Go-Jek releases beta ride-sharing app to kick off Singapore launch

Indonesia’s Go-Jek has unleashed a beta version of its ride-sharing app in Singapore, marking the start of its anticipated entry into the market where it will be looking to challenge incumbent Grab. Available for download on Google Android and Apple iOS devices, the beta app was party of the company’s “staggered approach” to ensure its foray into the market was… Read more →